Excavators for nature

Some habitats can only be produced through taking action. Earlier, the water dynamics of untouched and unspoiled rivers formed depressions where standing water could form during the spring. Nowadays excavators help to shape these shallow pooling areas. These shallows are used as feeding biotopes for rare species like Snipe (Gallinago).

Quarry lakes are often deep and generally have uniformly steep banks. Shallow water zones are recreated by bringing in excavated material. Only then can reed beds form, which offer habitat for residents like the Eurasian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) or Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus).

On the quarry lake in Breitengüßbach, shallow water zones have been created by excavating earth masses, while re-introducing excavated material at the same time. Through soil erosion and shaping of the terrain, additional backwaters have been incurred.

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Bernhard Struck

(Landkreis Bamberg)

Bernd Flieger

(Landkreis Lichtenfels)

Andreas Laudensack

(StMUV Bayern)

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